Nine Murder Counts Filed Against Lake Companion
SAN ANDREAS, Calif. (AP) _ Prosecutors filed nine murder counts Wednesday against Charles Ng, one-time companion of a survivalist who has been linked to the disappearance of nearly two dozen people.
Calaveras County District Attorney John Martin said the action was the first step in extraditing Ng from Canada, where he has been held since his arrest this summer.
Ng was named on 18 counts in two separate complaints, one by Martin and the other by San Francisco District Attorney Arlo Smith. Several of the murder charges allege special circumstances that could bring Ng a sentence of death in the gas chamber.
Ng, 24, is accused of being an accomplice of Leonard Lake in the grisly murders at the mountain cabin where Lake lived near this Sierra foothill town. Lake, 39, killed himself by swallowing poison after his arrest on a shoplifting charge in South San Francisco last June 2.
Ng, a former Marine and martial arts expert, fled police and was captured July 6 after a month-long international manhunt that ended in Calgary, Alberta. He was arrested there July 6 during an alleged shoplifiting incident, and held on attempted murder charges.
Authorities have linked Lake and Ng to the disappearance of 22 people over two years. Remains of at least 11 people were uncovered near Lake’s cabin, and investigators unearthed more than 45 pounds of bones there.
Martin said he filed the complaint to begin efforts to bring Ng back from Calgary.
″In order to start extradition, you have to have an actual charging document on file,″ Martin said at a news conference.
He said the complaint was filed even though authorities have located the bodies of only two of Ng’s alleged victims.
″I believe we have sufficient circumstantial evidence to make the charges apply,″ he said.
He said Ng was accused of participating in the murders Kathleen Allen, Brenda O’Connor, Michael Carroll, Lonnie Bond, Lonnie Bond Jr., Robin Scott Stapley, Clifford Peranteau and Jeffrey Gerald, and as an accessory to murder in the death of Paul Cosner.
Smith filed murder and attempted murder charges against Ng stemming from the slaying of San Francisco disc jockey Donald Giulietti, and the wounding of Giulietti’s companion, Richard Carrazza.
Murder charges against Ng involving Allen and O’Connor were filed by Martin last summer, but the latest allegations supersede the earlier two counts.
Other charges include kidnapping, and conspiracy to kidnap.